The Council recognises that events play an important part in the city’s wellbeing. We want to encourage event organisers to consider the many benefits of using open spaces and to plan their events using long-term sustainability practices.

Christchurch has a wide range of parks, reserves and other public spaces that can be utilised for a variety of events and activities. However, to manage these resources on behalf of the wider community, those responsible for planning and delivering the event (the Event Organiser), must apply to the Council for a permit to use the public space (event venue).  

In most cases, detailed information will be required to support your event permit application. This information is needed to ensure;

  • the venue is reserved for your event
  • the venue is appropriate for your event
  • the event will be delivered in a safe manner for all those involved and in attendance
  • the event will not damage or impact on the environment*

*Every event and activity using Council land must return the space in the same condition as it existed prior to the event.

In addition to requiring a permit to conduct your event on Council land, particular activities and types of infrastructure (marquees, stages, etc.) will also require specific permits from Council.

In general, all events that apply are required to submit the following to support the events application:

More complicated events that have more impact on the public, the park grounds, the traffic and/or the environment might require:

It is advised that all event organisers take a few minutes to read through the General Terms and Conditions for the use of public places.

Please contact us or email  for more information.

Apply for an event permit

What public locations/sites are available for you to book?

Within the Christchurch City there are many public open spaces – parks, gardens, promenades, reserves and legal roads that are available to use. The sites available vary depending on the type of event or activity and due to the sensitive nature of these locations. Please contact us or email  for advice on the best suited venue to your event.

What is the Event Permit approval process?

  1. Contact the Events Partnerships & Development team to discuss your event’s needs on 03 941 8999 or .

  2. Fill out our Event permit Application Form, including your site plan and Health & Safety Plan. Please make note of the application processing time on the application, starting at 5 weeks for a low impact event. 

  3. Once your application has been lodged, you will receive a response within two working days and your event will be allocated to an Events Partnerships & Development Advisor who will be your first point of contact throughout the application process and answer questions pertaining to your event.

  4. The Events  Partnerships & Development Advisor will assess your request and let you know as soon as possible whether your event has been booked into the calendar and approved in principle. You will be provided with feedback if your request can't be approved in principle.

  5. If approved in principle, you will receive a confirmation email and a request to provide further information including all the necessary supporting documentation and other approvals, which needs to be submitted.

  6. Depending on the content of your event, we may also seek advice from other stakeholders (which includes other City Council departments, Transport for Christchurch and Christchurch Police among others) at various stages of the application process. If a legal objection to the event is raised which can't be resolved we will be unable to approve your event.

Applicants should be aware that the city centre events calendar is populated months in advance, so we advise getting in touch as early as possible for advice on availability.

Activity permits – weddings and filming


Bookings are required for wedding ceremonies in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Please contact our Call Centre on 03 941 8999 for more information.

Filming in Christchurch

In 2003, Film NZ officially recognised Christchurch City Council's support of the film industry by awarding it Film Friendly status. Filming applicants are required to apply for a filming permit.

Please contact the Events Development team at A minimum of ten business days notice is required for a crew of more than 10 people.

Other activities

Permits might be required for trading and performing in the public places in our city.

Smokefree Public Places policy

In 2009, the Council adopted the proposed Smoke free Public Places Policy. The public is asked to refrain from smoking in Council-owned playgrounds and parks (including sports parks). Signage is displayed at parks and by playgrounds.

We invite all Events Organisers to promote and plan for a Smokefree event using the Smokefree Events - tips for implementation Guidelines [PDF, 2.5 MB] [PDF 2.47MB].

Equity and Access for People

As a leading advocate for all citizens of Christchurch, the Council has responsibilities to advocate for access and equity issues as they relate to people with disabilities. The Council encourages all events organisers to promote and plan for an Accessible event using the Event Accessibility Toolkit

Courses for event organisers

Learn how to plan, organise and promote your own community recreation programme or event. The Council Recreation team regularly runs workshops throughout the year: Get Set Go! and Spread the Word! These workshops and guides have been designed in collaboration with Wellington City Council. We also collaborate with other education providers from around New Zealand to bring you exciting and current workshops from time to time.